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We get lots of enquiries about family history but unfortunately we do not have the time to do the research involved. However If you do have any questions about family history to people who have been identified or posted comments on the site, leave your request in the comments box below this photograph and we can put you in contact with them. Only the people who leave comments below this photograph can be contacted.
We do not pass on emails unless both parties are willing participants. This means WE WILL PASS YOUR EMAIL to these people who are genuinely interested in family history, BUT ONLY AFTER GETTING YOUR PERMISSION! We hold no responsibility for the passing of your email to these people.

The following are some of the requests we have received for Family History:

John Keelty: ”I am trying to get in contact with Lesley Longster, formerly of Loftus c. 1963. l was privileged to meet Lesley Longster between, 1961-64. we shared some time on weekends, as l lived in Middlesbrough, and she lived at 15 Damside Loftus. we then lost contact, due to me and would sincerely like to find out if it is possible for short reunion. she could be married, but she was a part of my younger days, which l enjoyed. My contact details are: mobile phone number – 07707630031; John Keelty, 10 Keller Court, Langly Moor, DURHAM. DH7 8GY”

Christine Kitchener: Can anyone tell me what my brother Fred Baldwin got the Victor Ludorum for in the Senior School, when I went up to Senior School I saw his name on it.

Kimberley Sayer Turner: I am a distant relative from the Thurlow/Codlings Severs Sayer line I live in California, My Great Grandfather Thomas Sayer came to America in the 1800′s and i am very interested in all these family lines. email me if you would like to share information

Dennis Urich: I am researching the Dowey family that lived in the Marske By the Sea area. My second great-grandfather, William Dowey, immigrated to the USA in the late 1800’s. I’m wondering if Tina Dowey is related and interested in genealogy? I will be visiting Marske in late July 2014 and would like to meet with the local Doweys to see if I can get more information about the family. Dennis continues to update us and has now told us that through our telephone contact system –  via the ECIA Home Page – that he is now in contact with a fifth cousin in the UK.

Hayley Cutler has responded with: Dennis – I am the great grand-daughter of Mary Elizabeth Dowey who was born in 1881 and one of 10 children. She was the daughter of James Dowey born in 1857 who in turn was the son of a William Dowey born in 1832. William Dowey was the son of James Dowey born in 1808. He was the son of Patrick Downey (not sure why the name changed) and Hannah Sanderson. My cousin has traced quite a bit of the Dowey family in the Loftus area. Google Quintin Harper genealogy to find the family tree he has traced. I remember Mary Dowey and her sisters Isabella (known as Bella) and Stella. I visited them in Loftus when I was quite young.
Would love to know whether your William is part of our family tree. Hope that helps. Kind Regards, Hayley.” With their joint agreement we have now enabled Dennis and Hayley to compare family trees; both will benefit from this linking. More recently we have been enabling Chris Wynn to get in contact with Hayley as he also shares a connection in the Dowey Family History.

We have received the following request: ”My name is Wendy Fox Lichtenwalter. My father and mother visited Irene Street, Skinningrove, Carlin How, to see the Watson Family in 1972. The folks there were named Thomas Watson, Hannah Harrison Watson, Clare Watson Norman, John Norman and Doris Vigors. There were two other sons, Christopher (born 1960) and Peter Arthur Watson (born 1962). I will be visiting Yorkshire from the USA in the fall of 2016 and would love to find if any of these folks are still in the area. Father Adam Gaunt has said that some parishioners at St. Helen still remembered Hannah. I do have some photos of the area that my father took, and the marriage license for his grandparents from 1886. Thank you for any help you can give!”

Other requests are listed in the comments below.

 

69 comments to Family History

  • christine kitchener

    Can anyone tell me what my brother Fred Baldwin got the Victor Ludorum for in the Senior School, when I went up to Senior School I saw his name on it.

    • Colin

      A Victor Ludorum is usually presented on sports day to the male athlete with most wins or points in different events. Which school and what date was this?

  • Danie Howes

    I am trying to trace my family tree. I understand my father John Alister Atkins attended Giusborough Grammar School in 1920′s. Is it possible to confirm this? He had two brothers who I think also attended the school. My father’s date of birth was July 1910.

    • Owen Rooks

      Guisborough Grammar School became Prior Pursglove College in 1971 and there is a relatively new archive website at pursglovearchive.co.uk which embraces both institutions. It may be helpful.

  • Kimberly Sayer Turner

    I am a distant relative from the Thurlow/Codlings Severs Sayer line I live in California, My Great Grandfather Thomas Sayer came to America in the 1800′s and i am very interested in all these family lines. email me if you would like to share information

  • Netta Walters

    Regarding Ready for the off – Carlin How Gala event – I know your comment was nearly 2 years ago but was this Billy May related to Albert and Elizabeth (Annie) May who lived in Carlin How in early 20′s?? They had a large family (10 I believe) including Albert Hugh, Elsie, Alice, Raymond, Olive, Doris, Mary, Clifford, John and Catherine.

    • Owen Rooks

      I remember Bill May from my school-days at North Skelton and Guisborough Grammar. At the time he was living in North Skelton. His dad was called Cliff (Clifford) May who could well have been part of the family mentioned in your post. I recall that Cliff May was well known as a stalwart supporter of North Skelton events and organisations, most notably the football and cricket clubs.

  • Gwynneth Brook

    Hello, I am trying to find information on Mary Lizzie Mead who spent part of her childhood in Sandsend, part in Loftus and part in Staithes. I believe that she was born in 1903, possibly in Loftus. Any information welcome Thank you.

  • Emma Logue

    Hi, I was wondering if you could help me. I am researching my family tree. I’m doing ok so far but I can not seem to find any information about my great grandad Thomas Richard Green. He was in 4th battalion Green Howards, HQ Company. I have his army number too if this would help you. He was a prisoner of war in WW2.

    I also believe he was born and grew up in Skelton Green.

  • Ian Gibson

    Hi everyone,
    I’m trying to find any info about my (Great x 5) Grandfather and Grandmother who lived in Whitby (St Mary’s Parish). I am trying to extend their bloodline as far as i can but have hit a brickwall.
    I would be grateful if anyone could give any info re’ records/archives/headstones etc to further my research.
    Here are the details I have;
    George Gibson born 1722 in Whitby and died 26th Feb’ 1805.
    Mary Thirsk born 1721 in Whitby and died 20th May 1803.

    • Elizabeth Clarke

      Hello Ian, George Gibson and Mary Thrisk were my 6x great grandparents. I have also come to a stop with George but have Mary’s parents as Ralph Thrisk (1695) and Mary White (1695). I wondered if they were actually from Whitby as I have seen possible matches from elsewhere in the county? Are you on Ancestry.co.uk? Kind regards Elizabeth Clarke (nee Steele)

  • Steve Williams

    Hi, Researching family history and require information on Sanderson’s Buildings Skinningrove around 1902.re William and Hannah Mary Wilson and a child Louie. William was a lifeboat cox although a cuild’s birth document has him down as a Joiner/Journeyman,
    Thanks

  • Colin

    Steve Williams
    The 1911 Census shows three families living in Sandersons Buildings, Lean, Moore and Atkinson, to date not sure where in Skinningrove they were.
    The lifeboat men were usually volunteers.

  • Jacqueline Liebgott

    I’m trying to find out the surname of my great, great aunt Sarah who I met when I was six years old in her house on the High Street (No.110?) in Brotton. I believe we also had an Aunty Ada (I think she lived by the graveyard or on a farm in Brotton area. Sarah was good friend’s of my Dad’s step-father (G.T. Fishwick). His name was Thomas Measor (he died in 1960) and he lived down the street and I think around the corner from her. Great Aunt Sarah lived until she was at least 99 if not a couple of years more. When she died (in the mid to late 1960’s I think).Her house was sold and we were told it became a “bookies” (possibly William Hills). I’ve being doing the family tree but obviously am having trouble tracing her, I don’t think she married or if she did maybe her husband died in World War 1, she had no children as far as I know, only a few years after marrying Tom. She could be from my Grandmothers side of the family who was Mary Ellen Robinson who died in 1928/29, when my Dad was young. My sister seems to recall meeting Ada’s daughter in the 1970’s(living also opposite the old grave yard) believe her name was Georgina. If “Ray ” or someone remembers her would be great, as I remember the visit with fondness and would like to complete our tree. Thank you in advance for any assistance.

  • Jacqueline Liebgott

    I’m trying to find out the surname of my great, great aunt Sarah who I met when I was six years old in her house on the High Street(No.110?)in Brotton. I believe we also had an Aunty Ada (I think she lived by the graveyard, or on a farm in Brotton area. Sarah was good friend’s also with my Dad’s (G.T. Fishwick) step-father, his name was Thomas Measor (he died in 1960) and he lived down the street and I think around the corner from her. Great Aunt Sarah lived until she was at least 99 if not a couple of years more. When she died (in the mid to late 1960’s I think).Her house was sold and we were told it became a “bookies” (possibly William Hills). I’ve being doing the family tree but obviously am having trouble tracing her, I don’t think she married or if she did maybe her husband died in World War 1, she had no children as far as I know,. She could be from my Grandmothers side of the family who was Mary Ellen Robinson who died in 1928/29, when my Dad was young, only a few years after marrying Tom. My sister seems to recall meeting Ada’s daughter in the 1970’s(living also opposite the old grave yard) believe her name was Georgina. If “Ray ” or someone remembers her would be great, as I remember the visit with fondness and would like to complete our tree. Thank you in advance for any assistance.

  • craig

    Hi – one of my great grandfathers was a deputy ironstone miner around 1880 – 1920ish? I wondered if anyone had any information where I can find out more about him where he worked etc? He was called Barney Smith and lived in Lingdale. I assume he worked at Lingdale mine.

    • Kristen

      Hi Craig, Barney Smith was my great great grandfather I’ve been researching the family tree, I don’t know if you found anything out but please get in touch.

      • Craig

        Hi Kristen, Thanks for leaving a message. I haven’t found a great deal about this family. But I have got the smith family back to 1660. Barney was my nanas great grandfather who was Born in Mundham norfolk. I have got all the smith family tree on the ancestry website. Or When I get chance i can happily email you the info I have. Regards, Craig.

      • craig

        Hi Kristen, Thanks for leaving a message. I haven’t found a great deal about this family. But I have got the Smith family back to 1660. Barney was my nana’s great grandfather who was Born in Mundham, Norfolk. I have got all the Smith family tree on the Ancestry website. Regards, Craig

  • John Hogarth

    Dear residents of Lingdale,
    I would like some help.
    I am writing a “Downton Abbey” style screen play based on the life experiences, past and present of the Hogarth / Hoggarth family.
    My grandfather and grandmother lived at 2 Davison Street, Lingdale. Granny maintained a huge “pump organ (Musical instrument) in the back parlour.
    I used to play on the massive shale heap opposite the mine and used to play in Moorsholm Beck with my cousins, the Stoltings from Naarden Bussum
    Just to set the scene…….
    “When my grandmother died, I wasn’t allowed to attend her funeral, though she had looked after me for years after my mother died from cancer. My grandfather wouldn’t leave the village to attend her funeral.
    I known this because I travelled up to Yorkshire from London without them knowing!
    Coming home from the Netherlands in the summer of 1970, I found my father had re-married, and had moved house. My step-mother wouldn’t talk to me……. Within a week of coming home to the “new” house , I came home from school only to find the house “cleared”…stepmother had run off!”
    To most people now it would seem quite dreadful. Looking back on things, it seemed quite normal then.
    Until last year, I had the brass whistle from the top of the Lingdale mine winding/engine house … but it was stolen when the garage got broken in to!
    Any info about the Hogarth/Hoggarth family would be most welcome.

  • Dennis Urich

    I am researching the Dowey family that lived in the Marske By the Sea area. My 2d great grandfather, William Dowey, immigrated to the USA in the late 1800’s. I’m wondering if Tina Dowey is related and interested in genealogy? I will be visiting Marske in late July 2014 and would like to meet with the local Doweys to see if I can get more information about the family.

  • Dennis Urick

    Follow up on the previous message. Peter Dowey, my 2d great grand father was married to Jane Wilson, daughter of John Wilson, a local blacksmith, born 1793 in Marske and died 1887. He lived with Peter and Jane in Cliff Cottages in 1850-1890? He was married to Hannah (last name?) from Cowthorpe, born 1796, died 1875. I would like more information on the Wilson family. I plan on visiting Marske in late July 2014. Other known relatives: Emma Grace Carter, Hannah Sanderson, The Brotton family (John and Hannah), Jane Frankland, Ann Cornforth, Margatetta Fairewether, Cuthbertus Suggette (Suggitt), Janna Smith. I have also through your excellent contacts made contact with a fifth cousin in the UK. Many thanks. Dennis

    • Hayley Cutler

      Dennis – I am the great grand daughter of Mary Elizabeth Dowey who was born in 1881 and one of 10 children. She was the daughter of James Dowey born in 1857 who in turn was the son of a William Dowey born in 1832. William Dowey was the son of James Dowey born in 1808. He was the son of Patrick Downey (not sure why the name changed) and Hannah Sanderson. My cousin has traced quite a bit of the Dowey family in the Loftus area. Google Quintin Harper genealogy to find the family tree he has traced. I remember Mary Dowey and her sisters Isabella (known as Bella) and Stella. I visited them in Loftus when I was quite young. Would love to know whether your William is part of our family tree. Hope that helps. Kind Regards, Hayley

      • Chris Wynn

        Hayley, I would love for you to get in touch. My line to your Dowey’s goes back through my paternal Great Grandmother Rosetta Ord (b. Skinningrove 1888) who married James Wynn from Guisborough (Margrove Park). Her parents Thomas Ord (1850-1919) and Anne Elizabeth Dowey (1861-1900)/ Amme’s parents were William Dowey (1832-1915) and Elizabeth Tyerman (1835-1866), William was the son of James Dowey & Ann Bennison. I have extensively researched the names, but as I have lived in Australia since I was 3 years old, do not know much else except Ironstone Mining was a huge part of their lives. My Great Grandfather died at 35 years of age from lung disease contracted through mining. Would love to know more, and maybe find some cousins out there.

  • Jackie Rushton

    Hello, my family research leads to the Robinsons/Rosemergey/Magor/Smallwood families living in and around Skinningrove,Goldsborough, Hinderwell 18th/19th centurys. The Robinsons and Smallwoods are old families of North Yorkshire and the Rosemergey/Magor families hail from Cornwall. I have noted that GGGrandmother Martha Robinson nee Rosemergey died from complications after childbirth at 44 Jameson St Brotton I would be grateful if anyone could tell me if this was the hospital or maternity home. After Martha died 8 Sept 1889 her husband Daniel Robinson left Skinningrove for America placing my Grandfather and his siblings in the care of Guisborough Work House. Thanks for reading.
    Jackie Rushton

  • Colin

    I don’t know of a Jameson Street in Brotton, but there is a Jackson Street with John Markham living at 44 in 1881 and Charles Kitching living there in 1891 do these have any connection to your family.

    • Jackie Rushton

      Thank you for the response. I took the address from Martha’s death certificate not very clear so most likely Jackson St, the names not connected to the family as far as I know, Martha’s mother Lemenia Uren was present at death, Martha’s home address at the time was Skinningrove.

  • Anna brown

    Hi I am researching some family history for my 89 year old grandfather Cecil gee who I believe spent his childhood in brotton. Does anyone remember his family? Sorry not got much to go on .

    • Peter Appleton

      I have a Cecil GEE born 10 August 1924 in Brotton in my family tree. Could this be the same man? If so, his grandmother was one of my great-great-grandmothers.

  • Colin

    Hi again Jackie
    The people from Skinningrove were buried depending where in the village they lived, if you lived to the west of Kilton beck you were buried in Brotton, to the east you went to Loftus. The village was split between Loftus parish and Kilton parish by Kilton Beck even on the 1911 census.
    1881 census says 1-103 Main Street, this was changed in 1911 census to Marine terrace, Cliffe terrace, High Street and Chapel Street but the numbers are the same as 1881.
    All these were to the west of the beck and should have been buried in Brotton.
    Colin

  • keith leon payton.

    Please could you help? My grandfather died Goulburn in New South Wales, Australia in 1932; he was born in Marske by the sea in 1859. He was a stonemason bricklayer. I was hoping, may be there was still Pattons living in the area?

  • Jackie Rushton

    Thanks Colin, my 2nd great grandparents Daniel d1905 and Hannah Robinson d 1916 lived on Cliffe Terrace, and Lemenia Uren d 1899 lived with her third husband at 17 New Company Rd. so I gather they will have been buried at Brotton, is this a council cemetery or the church.

  • Jackie Rushton

    Would love to hear from anyone who may have connection to following surnames, Robinson, Uren, Meager/Magor, Rosemergey and Found.

  • Jackie Rushton

    Does anyone have any further information of the Private Richard Uren listed on the Skinningrove War Memorial, believe he was the son of Henry Uren and Lemenia. The war records for Richard are incomplete.

  • Colin

    There is info on the Yorkshire Regiment war memorial, just put in Skinningrove War memorial.
    I have a friend who is related to the Uren family, her granmother was Winifred Uren

    • Jackie Rushton

      I have taken info from the Memorial and been on Ancestry (War Records); but apart from his enlistment record and his medal record given to him for giving his life, there is no mention of any family only saying he came from Skinningrove. Thomas Henry Uren and Lemenia had three daughters: Mary 1879-1920, Amelia 1880-1 and Sarah Ann 1881-?. They lived at 17 New Company Row, Thomas was a weighman at the blast furnace. I have presumed Richard was their son but he may not have been. I visted Hinderwell and took photo’s of headstone for ancestor William Smallwood (master mariner at Runswick Bay), his father William was landlord of the Brown Cow c.1820-40 also the blacksmith.

  • Colin

    The cemetery was on the site of St Peters Church at Kilton Lane, Brotton; the new church St Margarets was built in the early 1900’s but the same cemetery was used until last year.

  • Penny Boal

    Has anyone knowledge of my recently discovered great grandmother’s family HODGSON. Elizabeth Mary HODGSON left Skinningrove for Darlington in 1876, where she married John Peirson. That is all I have on her family . Many thanks.

  • john william Tyerman

    My great grandfather was a Joseph Henry Tyerman from Pond Farm Hinderwell. My own father, Richard Tyerman grew up in that area, going to a junior school in Staithes. He later married and moved to Dumfries, Scotland where he served and later retired as a senior Police officer. Just wondered if we had any distant relatives still in the area. Thanks, John Tyerman.

  • Jackie Roe-Lawton

    John william Tyreman – there are still lots of Tyreman families living in the area – Whitby especially. Do you have any dates?
    thanks, Jackie Roe-Lawton

  • Michael Dennison

    Rebecca Saywell – could you please get in touch.
    I saw the photo of the Skinningrove Iron Works Brass Band and your comments about your great grandfather Frederick Weaver and his son Jimmy.
    Your nan Ida is my grandma Grace’s sister and my dad was named after both Jim and Fred.
    Thanks

  • Koreen

    My grandmother is Alexandrina Medd. Her parents were Thomas Medd and Barbara Medd. They resided at 27 Lax Street, Carlin How, around 1911. She later moved overseas. Just wondering if there are any relatives living of the Medd family? Thinking of visiting the area in the next few months, where my grandmother grew up. Thanks Koreen.

  • Colin

    1911 census shows Thomas Medd as a baulker (placing timber supports in the roof of the mine) in ironstone mines, possibly working at Carlin How or Loftus mine. Lax Street was demolished in the 1970’s to allow improvements to the road through Carlin How. Cleveland ironstone Mining Museum is in Skinningrove and has lots of information on the mines and the area

  • Christina

    I am a part of the Ransome family who originally lived in Carlin How then moved Skinnigrove. I am hoping someone may have copies of any early photo’s. Especially of Lydia Ransome. My mum can remember visiting her granny Annie.

  • Roger Barwick

    My maternal grandfather Harold Bowling took the landlords position when Carlin How Club opened and later moved round the corner to the Maynard Arms. I wondered if anyone knew when he left the club and when he left the pub.

  • Jackie Rushton

    Visited Brotton in the past week on my ancestry trail, in the hope of locating St Margarets church cemetery, I realise that the St Margarets Church there today is a newer building than the older one my ancesters of Skinningrove would have used, I had wondered where people were buried in the 1880/90’s and now know it would have been the Kilton Lane, around St Peters Church.
    Done some research on my great, great uncle Richard Uren of Skinningrove; listed on the Skinningrove war memorial, he died 21st August 1915, in Gallipoli. In 1911 he was 26 years old, living as a boarder with Thomas Scarth at 156 Grove Hill and working as a labourer at Coke ovens. Thanks for reading.

  • Joan Gray

    Hello. I’m trying to find out more info/ photos about my family history but all my parents and relatives have passed on. My parents are Doris Emily – nee Foster – (Foulsyke/ Loftus) and John William – known as Jack – Gray (originally Skinningrove). Mum’s brother was Ken who married Gladys and they lived in South Bank, Middlesbrough. Dad had two sisters Phyllis (who used to work at Loftus Co-op (drapery) and Isobel, who married Jack Blaylock and they had a son Grahame. I think dad used to work at the Co-op grocery in Loftus and definitely knew Jack Waite, then he went on to manage North Skelton Co-op grocery. We lived there for a while when I was tiny and then moved to Tweed Street in Loftus until 1962, when we moved to York. Hopefully someone may be able to help have any suggestions which may help. Keeping my fingers crossed x

  • Moira Swannick

    Hi, Only just found this site. I have “roots” in this district. Not just in one village, but several, as family seemed to travel round I presume seeking work in the mines. Family names include : Beckham, Garrett, Shingler and Pickering. Any info would be appreciated. Many thanks, Moira Swannick.

    • Ann Jackson

      Hi Moira I have a Shingler in my family tree originally from Middlesbrough. My Aunt Mary married Harold Shingler and lived in Brotton where he worked at Skinningrove . They moved to Scunthorpe where he spent his working life and died there. My Cousin Joyce his daughter is still alive and lives in Milton Keynes. I can give you more info if this is a match Ann

  • David Richardson

    Hi, I am looking in to my family history and was interested to see comments from John Richardson, my cousin, re “Footballers 1950-51” in Dec 15 concerning my father and mother Dennis and Ruth. I would be very interested to hear if John or anyone else has any information re the Pigg or Nellist (Brotton) family histories

  • Wendy Fox Lichtenwalter

    My name is Wendy Fox Lichtenwalter. My father and mother visited Irene Street, Skinningrove, Carlin How, to see the Watson Family in 1972. The folks there were named Thomas Watson, Hannah Harrison Watson, Clare Watson Norman, John Norman and Doris Vigors. There were two other sons, Christopher (born 1960) and Peter Arthur Watson (born 1962). I will be visiting Yorkshire from the USA in the fall of 2016 and would love to find if any of these folks are still in the area. Father Adam Gaunt has said that some parishioners at St. Helen still remembered Hannah. I do have some photos of the area that my father took, and the marriage license for his grandparents from 1886. Thank you for any help you can give!

  • I have recently been talking about the good old days to a friend who said he came from Carlin How; his family name is Pearson. I know two of his sisters names are Pat and Becky Pearson he had brothers too but I can’t remember their names. My friend is in his early seventies, if anyone knows of the family or has any photos it would be lovely to hear from you.
    Thanks anyway for your website, I have had a nice couple of hours looking at the photographs and reading about a place I had never heard of till a couple of weeks ago but thanks to the Internet I feel like I know the place.

  • john keelty

    I am trying to get in contact with Lesley Longster, formerly of Loftus c. 1963. l was privelleged to meet Lesley Longster between, 1961-64. we shared some time on weekends, as l lived in Middlesbrough, and she lived at 15 Damside Loftus. we then lost contact, due to me and would sincerely like to find out if it is possible for short reunion. she could be married, but she was a part of my younger days, which l enjoyed. my contact is 07707630031

  • john keelty

    Please get in touch with any information, about Lesley Longster, its very important that I can re contact her.

  • Nicole White

    Hello, I am looking for family of RAF P/O RONALD WEBSTER b 4 June 1929 d 21 Feb 1954, buried in Brotton Cemetery. Son of Samuel and Helen (nee Crossman) He had brothers Leslie and Derek and a sister called Betty. Understand they lived in Carlin How. I have some old photos and some postcards from Ronnie that they might be interested in.

    • Owen Rooks

      I’m sorry I can’t supply the answer to your question. Ronald was, I believe, an Old Boy of Guisborough Grammar School and he died when the Vampire jet he was flying (out of Thornaby airfield) crashed near Lackenby. I was a pupil at GGS when, in the aftermath of the accident, the Headmaster (Mr R.J.Routh) announced the sad news at one of our daily morning assemblies. Prayers were said for Ronald and his family after which the School observed a minute’s silence in his memory. Good luck with your search for his family members!

  • Rita Sinclair

    Hello I am looking to contact Barry Ward, who grew up living in Skelton. I worked with him at an architect’s in Middlesbrough/Norton in the late 1960’s, where I was a secretary. Thanks for any information.
    Rita Sinclair (nee Graham)

    • Peter Ward

      Hello Rita
      My brother Barry worked as a quantity surveyor at DEWJOC from around 1967 but I’m sorry to say he died in late 2015.
      Regards
      Peter Ward

      • Rita Sinclair

        Hi Peter
        Thank you for replying.
        I am so very sad to hear of Barry’s death. He and I had a close friendship in the DEWJOC days. I was very fond of him, and I have thought of him often, down the years. I returned to Teesside in 2002, after living in the south of England for most of my working life. I remember so clearly, for my 18th birthday in 1968 – I lived in Grangetown – he made a surprise visit to see me, with a card and flowers.
        I can of course only picture him as he was then – I last saw him in 1969, before I moved to London. I was so hoping that I might be able to get in touch with him. Despite the sad news, I am glad that I now know.
        Regards,
        Rita

  • Nicole White

    An update on RONALD WEBSTER: I found an address for him – 61 Woodside, Brotton, Saltburn, Yorkshire.

  • Margaret Russell (nee Morgan)

    Just discovered this site, marvellous. Bit of a shot in the dark, but as 117 Westgate G’bro looks like it is being returned to a house from a shop, wondering if anyone has any photos of this building from the 1930’s. I was born in Guisborough but too small to remember it – born ’45 but my brother was born there and they moved when he was six weeks old to another house in the town. Just been down the street to take pictures of it being sorted out and as he was only a baby in 1931 obviously doesnt know what it looked like then. He remembers half of it was a shop owned by Mr. & Mrs. Wilson with a daughter Dorothy. If anyone has a very old picture it would be great to see it. Many thanks in advance.

  • Susan Smith

    I am researching the Helm family who lived in Brotton. My great grandfather George Dalaval Laverick Helm was married to Sarah Helm (nee Cowen). My Grandmother Jane Newby Helm, was always led to believe that her Mother died when she was three. Sarah did not die but left the family. In the 1911 census George is lliving with the children on his own. He is not recorded as being a widow so I assume Sarah is alive but living elsewhere. I have carried out many searches and can find no death certificate. She may have remarried as George died in 1915. Can anyone throw any light on this mystery. It would not have been common for a woman to leave her husband in those days so I wonder if there was some scandal. I have searched workhouses and asylums too.

  • Colin

    Researching John George Helm (son of George and Sarah) war records 1917 shows home address 12 Day St, Brotton. Next of Kin Sarah Helm (mother) Address Princess St, Middlesbrough. George D L Helm Died 1916 aged 50. 1911 Census Mary A Helm and John Helm (George’s mother and brother living at 12 Day St. John George must have gone to live with his grandmother.

    • Susan Smith

      Hello Colin,

      Thankyou for that information. I did wonder if Sarah had gone to Middlesbrough. My Granny, who I think knew what happened but didn’t tend to keep in touch with the rest of the family. The other daughter Arabel also moved to Middlesbrough, but again my Granny did not acknowledge she had a sister! Regards Sue.

  • Tony Atkinson

    I am currently researching the Atkinson family.My grandfather was Alfred Atkinson (his date of birth 21/06/18940). He lived with his parents William and Eliza Atkinson at 35 Wesray Street, Skinningrove. Alfred was awarded the Military Medal in September 1916 at the Somme. He was wounded on the 27th September 1916 and discharged from the army. He returned to work on the blast furnace at Skinningrove after he had recovered from his wounds. On the 19th January 1940 he received the Bronze Medal from the Royal Humane Society for saving four mens lives from gassing. Sometime in the late 1940s he and his wife emmigrated to Rhodesia to work at a steelworks in Redcliff. He was also a member of the Order of the Buffaloes. Anyone who can help with any more information on Alfred or his family especially on his act of bravery at the works would be greatly appreciated.

  • Colin

    Hi I have researched the following: Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough, Wednesday 28th February 1940. Medal awarded for Bravery at Skinningrove
    Mr Alfred Atkinson foreman at the Blastfurnace department, for entering a gas filled area and rescueing four men who had been affected by blastfurnace gas.

  • Tony Atkinson

    Hi Colin, thank you so much for your time in researching Alfred Atkinson. I really appreciate it.
    Regards, Tony Atkinson

  • viv thompson

    My paternal grandmother Annie Thompson (1899 – 1966), of Brotton had 2 children out of wedlock, prior to marrying a William Henry Brown. As it was a relatively small community, I am wondering if anybody knows or remembers who might have been the father to her first two boys, Fred & Dennis Thompson. If anyone has any clues or suggestions, I would love to hear from them

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